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A charming period cottage lying in a rural location, overlooking farmland, and offering spacious accommodation. Close to village amenities and quick access to the M5 motorway and Tiverton Parkway Station.
Built circa 1600, Hide Cottage was originally part of the mill, which was divided into four cottages just over 100 years ago. The river and mill leat can still be heard flowing in the background, along with the sounds of woodpeckers, Canada geese and owls on a still summer night.
The cottage offers classic accommodation, which is well-presented throughout, and has large, high-ceilinged rooms giving a good atmosphere of space, especially in the main bedroom on the second floor. This loft conversion was completed by our client in 2011 and provides lovely bedroom accommodation, with an en suite shower room, and enjoys an enviable view over open farmland, with a sunny aspect in the morning.
On the first floor, there are two further bedrooms, the larger with a Victorian fireplace, and the other currently used as a sewing room, but would also make a great home office. The bathroom is a good size with a large freestanding, claw-foot bath and a separate shower cubicle.
The living space on the ground floor is very welcoming with a wood burner in the sitting room, ideal for cosy winter evenings, and fantastic oak ceiling beams giving a great feel for the history of the cottage. These are also in the modern kitchen, designed in a classic ‘farmhouse’ style, with a central dining area, plenty of worksurface and storage, a sitting area and a solid fuel Rayburn in one corner, for cooking and providing some hot water. The oil-fired central heating tops up the hot water and heats the remainder of the cottage.
Hide Cottage is approached via a path through the pretty and established front garden, leading to the front porch. The front elevation of the cottage is south facing, so this garden enjoys sunshine for the majority of the day. The roof would also suit PV or water filled solar panels to save on energy costs, if desired.
To the rear of the cottage, via a shared access, there is another garden with established hedge and a tree, a garden store and shed, housing the oil tank.
The parking for the cottage is informal parking on the lane.
Services: Main’s water, electricity, and shared septic tank drainage. Private oil tank. LPG propane gas for the cooker.
The cottage lies about 0.6 miles from the Old Village of Willand, with the church, post office/shop and bus stop. Beyond, further amenities include an excellent primary school, mini markets, a service station, pub and village hall. The nearby village of Uffculme has an Ofsted rated 'Outstanding' secondary school and popular primary school.
Willand lies within easy reach of the more extensive services of Cullompton and Tiverton and Junctions 27 and 28 of the M5 motorway can be quickly accessed. Regular bus services also pass through Willand and there are trains from Tiverton Parkway station (Paddington in around 2 hours).
Junction 28 M5/Cullompton c. 3 miles
Exeter c. 17 miles
Junction 27 M5/Tiverton Parkway c.3 miles
Exeter Airport c. 16 miles
Taunton c. 22 miles
Please see the floor plan for the dimensions. The internal photos were taken with a wide-angle lens to show more of the rooms.
From Cullompton, or Junctions 28 or 27 of the M5, proceed to Willand on the B3181. Turn off the main road into Willand Old Village and then follow the sign for Bradfield and Kentisbeare. Proceed for just over 0.5miles, passing over the humpback bridge and the River Culm, and Hide Cottage can be seen thereafter on the right, adjoining the lane, with a clear name plate. Park on the left, just after the cottage.